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Chateau Musar Jeune White

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It was in 1930 that Gaston Hochar, of Lebanon's Chateau Musar, planted his first vineyards, after returning from Bordeaux. Major Ronald Barton (of Chateau Langoa-Barton), who was stationed in Lebanon during World War II, befriended Gaston Hochar, strengthening links with Bordeaux and influencing the Musar style.

Gaston's first son, Serge, became Chateau Musars winemaker in 1959, while completing his winemaking studies at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux, under the tutorage of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud. 3 years later, Ronald Hochar (Gaston's second son) takes over the financial and marketing aspects of the winery.

It wasn't until 1977 that Serge Hochar finalised the formula for Chateau Musar Reds. 2 years later, Michael Broadbent discovers' Chateau Musar at the Bristol Wine Fair, hailing the 1967 vintage as the "Find of the Fair". Chateau Musar opens its UK Company to develop its sales into the UK market and thereafter into Europe.

In 1984, Decanter magazine nominates Serge Hochar as their first Man of the Year', recognising his dedication to producing superb wines throughout Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990).

The family tradition continued in 1994 when Gaston Hochar, Serge's son joins the winery, to later become its managing director and again in 2003 when Ralph Hochar, Ronald's son joins the UK office in charge of sales in the on-trade.

2006 saw Chateau Musar obtains its first official, Organic certification for some of its vineyards.

Most recently in 2010, Serge Hochar receives the lifetime achievement award from the German magazine Der FeinSchmeker. Also Marc Hochar, Serge's second son, joins his brother Gaston to help run and expand the winery's activities.

The Chateau Musar's range of wines are this houses most famous range of wines. These are their Grands Vins', each with their unique signature and imprint in the world of wine. Since 1930, every aspect of production, grape sourcing, fermentation, oak-ageing and bottle maturation, has been trialled to achieve the ultimate expression of Musar's specific terroirs' (site-specific interactions of soil, vine, climate and time).

Grapes

Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay

Production

The vines used for this wine are from our organically certified vineyards and come from two different terroirs: Chardonnay and Vermentino are grown on limestone soils, while the Viognier comes from vineyards with silty soils. Both sites are at around 1000 metres above sea level.

Viognier (40%), Vermentino (30%) and Chardonnay (30%).

The Vermentino, native to Sardinia and Corsica and thus well suited to the Eastern Mediterranean climate, adds citrus, mineral and even a marine character. It is moderate in alcohol and combines well with the richer Chardonnay and fragrance of the aromatic Viognier.

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats at a temperature between 19°C and 21°C to maintain freshness and the varietal’s characteristics. It was then blended, cold-stabilized and bottled in March 2022.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, yellow and orange citrus fruit, pineapple, with an underlying mineral note. Flavours of lemon and tangerine dominate with a delicate stone fruit and honey character, supported by the weighty mouthfeel. Vibrantly fresh and deliciously drinkable within two to three years from harvest. To be enjoyed with simply prepared Mediterranean cuisine, or as an aperitif.

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